Digital Divides – Feeding America
Lee Rainie, director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, discussed the Center’s latest findings on digital divides based a survey conducted from Sept. 29 to Nov. 6, 2016. The presentation was to the board of Feeding America. Rainie looked at differences tied to internet access, home broadband ownership, and smartphone ownership by several demographic measures, including household income, educational attainment, race and ethnicity, age, and community type. He also discussed the Center’s research related to “digital readiness gaps” among technology users.
Americans and Cybersecurity
Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives.
‘We the People’: Five Years of Online Petitions
Americans used President Obama’s “We the People” online petitioning system to address health care, veterans’ issues and illnesses among other issues. But the impact of petitions was modest and varied.
Online Shopping and E-Commerce
New technologies are impacting a wide range of Americans’ commercial behaviors, from the way they evaluate products and services to the way they pay for the things they buy.
Most Americans like their choices in today’s information-saturated world. But 20% feel overloaded, and there are stresses for those with fewer pathways to the internet or who feel they are expected to do too much information gathering.
Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing
24% of Americans report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year. The extra income they make is a luxury for some, but a necessity for others.
Social Media Update 2016
The share of Americans who use Facebook is on the rise: 79% of online adults use the platform, more than double the share that uses Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn.
The Political Environment on Social Media
Some Americans enjoy the opportunities for political debate and engagement that social media facilitates, but many more express resignation, frustration over the tone and content of social platforms.
Operating in the Age of Always-On Media
Lee Rainie, director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, presented the Center’s latest findings about the use of digital technology and its future at the Federal Reserve Board’s Editors and Designers conference in Philadelphia on October 6, 2016.
Digital Readiness Gaps
Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge